Louisiana tied with Mississippi as the 49th healthiest state to live in according to the 2012 America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.
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State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Louisiana, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
Louisiana Health Plan
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IMPORTANT UPDATE: Starting in 2010, Louisiana started offering health care insurance coverage to residents through the federally established temporary high-risk pool program. To find out more about Louisiana's participation, click here.
Risk pools are state-sponsored programs to help people with a history of medical problems in their family to purchase coverage. These pools are for people who can afford to buy health insurance, but are not able to get underwritten in the private market because of a pre-existing health condition. These programs can vary significantly from state to state in price, benefits and number of people served. Often insurance companies doing business in the state are required to contribute to the pool to keep it in the black. In the best cases, they allow people to be able to switch jobs or become self-employed without the fear of losing their health insurance coverage. Read more about risk pools here.
Louisiana Children’s Health Insurance Program (LaCHIP) — Provides no-cost health insurance to low-income children, including dental care. Includes doctor charges, hospitalization, immunization and other services.
Department of Health & Hospitals — State agency dealing with health care issues in Louisiana.
Louisiana Department of Insurance/Health Insurance — Offers descriptions of specific divisions and programs within the Department of Insurance that specifically deal with health insurance issues – each listing has several contacts listed. The department publishes this PDF consumer guide to individual health insurance in Louisiana. The Senior Health Insurance Information Program is for Louisiana residents who have reached retirement age. File [...]
State-specfic information on the Physicans National Health Program in Louisiana.
The Affordable Care Act: Immediate Benefits for Louisiana -- How the Affordable Health Care act will improve the lives of people living in Louisiana.
Why health care reform is important to Louisiana -- This 2009 document by the AARP provides a compelling case f for health reform in Louisiana.
The Benefits of Health Reform In Louisiana -- The Democratic Policy Committee of the United States Senate looks at benefits of health reform for the citizens of Louisiana.
Health Law Advocates of Louisiana (HLA/LA) — A nonprofit public interest law firm in Louisiana dedicated exclusively to health care access. Launched in February 2010, HLA/LA provides free legal representation and assistance to eligible Louisiana families.
Louisiana mental health resource guide, offered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Government.
The National Coalition on Health Care's information for Louisiana -- America's oldest, most diverse, and broadest based group working to achieve comprehensive health system reform.
Find out what your state's health insurance exchange will look like.
Insurance companies were forced to return an average of $94 per family in 2012.
11/14/2012 6:11 PM
San Francisco Chronicle — Gov. Bobby Jindahl’s administration notified the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that it will not operate a state-run exchange. The letter included several pages of criticism of the Affordable Care Act.
09/17/2012 6:09 PM
Recent statistics show what many in the state already know: that many in Louisiana are poor and uninsured. More than 21 percent of the population are below the federal poverty level, and about the same amount are without health insurance or health care coverage. Only Texas and Nevada have higher percentages of uninsured. Read more.
08/17/2012 3:08 PM
A parish commissioner in Shreveport, La. is putting a public face on a private struggle as nearly 200 of her friends, family and fellow elected officials joined in a prayer vigil. Joyce Bowman was diagnosed with cancer and — like 19 percent of those in the Pelican State — has no health insurance. Bowman was unable to buy medical insurance because of her rheumatoid arthritis. Beginning in 2014, health insurance companies will no longer be able to turn people away for having a pre-existing condition – - it’s one of the many reforms wrapped up under the banner of Obamacare.
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